MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont State Police trooper has been suspended from his job with pay after a citizen complained some of his off-duty Facebook posts were racist and anti-gay.

Cpl. Jon Graham, a 16-year state police veteran, works out of the Rockingham barracks.

The posts were brought to the attention of the state police on Friday.

The state police commander, Col. Tom L'Esperance, says he was "deeply disturbed by what I read" and the messages "do not represent the core values of the state police and will not be tolerated by me."

The Facebook page has since been taken down.

Graham could not be reached for comment. The Vermont Troopers Association says it will represent Graham during the internal investigation and ensure that any disciplinary action is fair and reasonable.


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